Air Travel News 7.17.12

Air, Air Travel News, Shopping & Style — By on July 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up. 

Service Animals In The Sky

Guide dogs, make some room. According to a new Department of Transportation edict, other types of animals – including pot-bellied pigs and miniature horses must be permitted to fly with their owners in the cabin if it is determined that the need is legitimate. TSA at the airport is the ultimate deciding force as to whether a particular animal will be permitted to accompany their owner.  Source:  DailyMail

Virgin America Is Stylin’

As if they weren’t already the trendiest, most fashionable airline in the US. Virgin America employees on the customer front are slated to receive a facelift of sorts. At only 5 years old, it’s been decided that their look has gone stale and is in need of freshening up. The airline has teamed up with Banana Republic to design the ‘utilitarian chic’ look. Of course, if you see yourself in some of their clothing items they will be available to retail customers also.  Source:  MSNBC

Pilot Shortage Predicted

If you’re in the market for a new line of work in the next 20 years, it looks like there will be some pilot openings. Industry experts are anticipating close to half a million job openings in the field, as well as many more in the aircraft mechanic arena. Many of the shortages are predicted to be in the Asian market. With pilot training being so pricey to come by and the career not paying as well as it used to, there is real concern.  Source:  Yahoo

Happy Hours

We all know that airlines aren’t giving anything away for free anymore. That’s why it’s so surprising to hear that there are still some airlines out there that offer free drinks for all, not just the premium-paying passengers. Most of the cheers come on international airlines and flights; the domestic airlines in the US are among the stingiest.  It’s not much, but if you just want to take the edge off without the $7-for-a-can-of-Bud price tag, it’s something.  Source:  Gadling

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